US election 2020 in chaos: Trump and Biden may have to wait for DAYS until result known

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In an election like no other in the country’s history, record numbers of Americans voted to have their say on who should be entrusted with the power of the Oval Office. In a year which has already seen the US plagued by thousands of coronavirus deaths, surging unemployment and its economy plunged into recession, the country is now in turmoil with no clear picture as to who will be governing the country for the next four years.

Ahead of the election, polls had the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama’s former Vice-President Joe Biden, as clear favourite to win the Presidency.

But the polls have proven to be far tighter than expected with key states such as Florida and Ohio fiercely contested.

With an unprecedented number of Americans taking in early voting and postal ballots in order to avoid large queues at polling stations amid the risks of coronavirus, there remains no clear winner.

In 2016, 47 million Americans took part in early voting; this year that total hit nearly 100 million. It will take far longer for all these postal votes to be counted and the election result verified.


Mr Trump has repeatedly expressed concerns the delay could leave the election open to fraud and prior to election day he had demanded a winner be declared on the night.

The Republican has previously said: “It would be very, very proper and very nice if a winner were declared on November 3, instead of counting ballots for two weeks, which is totally inappropriate.”

He’s promised to take legal action over the result, telling reporters earlier this week: “We’re going to go in the night of, as soon as that election is over, we’re going in with our lawyers.”

Mr Biden has remained tight-lipped on the lack of certainty, yet to pass comment on the current situation.

Thousands gathered in Washington DC last night as anti-Trump protesters vowed to make their voice heard outside the White House until the President was removed from power.

They have threatened to protest up until the presidential inauguration in January.

A group of pro-Trump supporters have also gathered in the capital.

With tension in the air hundreds of police have been deployed to the streets to prevent the break out of violence.

Shops and offices have boarded up their windows in a bid to prevent them from being damaged in any potential riots, while the White House is protected behind a fence.

There are fears the result could now be contested in the Supreme Court – a move which would risk many more weeks of chaos and confusion.

Mr Trump shook the Establishment with his sensational election win over Hilary Clinton four years ago and the outcome of the 2020 vote has been touted as a referendum on the Republican’s record in office.

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Since 2016 Mr Trump has built a reputation for being tough on immigration and putting America first, something he accused his predecessor, Barack Obama, of neglecting.

The Republican’s first term in office also saw surging economic growth until the coronavirus crisis hit in the Spring of this year.

The pandemic has caused over 230,000 deaths in the US so and has undone much of the economic growth Mr Trump has taken credit for, with America entering its first recession in over a decade.

The Republican pointed blame at China for covering up the true extent of the virus in the early months of the pandemic for the horrors inflicted on the American people.

However, huge question marks over the President’s handling of the virus risked irretrievably damaging Mr Trump’s reputation heading into the election.

Indeed, COVID-19 also nearly cost the President his life, when he was rushed to hospital last month and given an experimental cocktail of drugs having become infected with the virus.

Life under a Biden presidency would be in stark contrast to that of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue’s current resident.

The Democrat has vowed to hike taxes on America’s richest earners and has attacked Mr Trump’s “America First”, promising more international co-operation including a new peace treaty with Iran.

When finally determined, the winner of the election will be sworn into office for his a second term on Wednesday, January 20, next year.

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